Health Problems that can Ruin Date Night

As part of keeping the spark alive in your romantic relationship, you might have a designated date night, where the children go to a sitter or other family member, and you invest a bit of time together, as a couple. For a lot of adults, this helps them to keep their relationship alive, have quality time, and rediscover their identities as a unit, rather than as parents or employees. While money may factor into whether you go out for the evening, or curl up at home, both of these plans can be ruined by poorly timed health problems. 

Pink Eye

Due to the variance between viral and bacterial cases, many people wonder what are the signs of pink eye, as well as how they can differ. While viral conjunctivitis isn’t contagious, it can cause a watery discharge. However, the bacterial form of conjunctivitis is highly contagious, and can cause burning, stinging, a thicker discharge, and even blurred vision. When signs of pink eye do occur, it is important that you take pain relief medication to try and reduce the effects of the symptoms on yourself. For bacterial pink eye, you will also require antibiotics from your physician. Although these do not necessarily mean date night needs to be cancelled, you might be more comfortable staying at home, as it can also cause swelling and be noticeable to others, as well as, for bacterial types, keeping your distance until the infection has healed.

Menstrual Cycle

Whether this is your first date, or you have been together for a number of years, your partner will most likely understand how the menstrual cycle works, and the effects it can have on the female body. Even if you are not on your period when date night occurs, you may find yourself feeling lethargic, or even experiencing stomach cramps. Getting a good night’s sleep the night before, eating nutritious foods, and even using paracetamol can really help to minimise the symptoms. 


Approximately between 25 and 45 million people in the United States suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, known as IBS for short. This can be affected by the different foods you eat. While stress does not inherently cause IBS, it can aggravate symptoms, making you feel worse. If you have an IBS attack on date night, it is a good idea to keep some medication on you. Leaving a venue early doesn’t necessarily mean that your night needs to be over, or deemed as ruined, as a supportive partner will empathise with your situation and be happy to spend time with you where you feel comfortable, even if that is in close vicinity of your bathroom.

By understanding some common health problems, as well as those that you already have, you can better equip yourself with the resources necessary to keep them at bay, and to manage existing symptoms. Good levels of communication between partners can also help for levels of understanding and support to occur, which is also a sign of a strong, healthy relationship.


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